Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is partnering Paris’ economic development and innovation agency Paris&Co to develop the tourism sectors in Singapore and Paris through exchange programmes between start-ups and information sharing.
The first of its kind between Singapore and France, the agreement aims to promote the development of tourism start-ups and accelerates the development of the tourism sectors in both cities.
At the heart of the collaboration is the Singapore Tourism Accelerator, formed in 2019 to refine and test-bed innovative solutions that could benefit Singapore’s tourism sector. The highly selective six-month programme set up by the accelerator provides the most promising young technology companies with mentorship and opportunities to pilot their solutions.
“COVID-19 has changed the way the tourism business works globally. Tourism organisations need to work even closer together than before to come up with innovative solutions to address the challenges brought about by the pandemic," said Poh Chi Chuan, Acting Chief Technology Officer, Singapore Tourism Board.
"The partnership with Paris&Co will allow us to build connections between our respective tourism ecosystems and facilitate the flow of ideas and co-innovation. We look forward to the insights and new collaborations that will emerge from this partnership to help tourism businesses in our two cities.”
Commenting on the partnership, Loïc Dosseur, Chief Executive Officer, Paris&Co, said, “Through this partnership, Paris&Co is committed to major cooperation for innovation for tourism in our territories. We will be keen to mobilise all our resources, to make this partnership a lever for overcoming crisis and building the future.”